Meatless Mondays: Pasta With Lentilballs
Prep Time: 20 minutes | Total Time: 60 minutes
Brittyn Coleman
By Brittyn Coleman

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We’re highlighting Meatless Mondays to kick off the New Year, courtesy of dietitian Brittyn Coleman. Check out the previous installments of the Sesame Buddha Bowl, Lentil Soup + Quinoa & Veggies, and Veggie Tempeh Bowl, then check out this week’s recipe for plant-based meal inspo: Pasta with lentilballs. 

Tomato Basil Pasta with Lentil "Meat" Balls
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1 Person
Prep Time
20 minutes
Cook Time
60 minutes




  1. If using cooked lentils, skip this step. If cooking from dry, uncooked lentils, read on. Rinse dry lentils thoroughly with cool water and add to a medium saucepan with vegetable broth, water, and a bay leaf. Bring to boiling and reduce heat to simmer for 15-20 minutes, and cover, until lentils are cooked (water may be left over – do not overcook or they will be too soggy to form into meatballs!). Drain and set aside to cool. (Tip: add salt after cooking - adding salt to the water before cooking lentils can make them tough!)
  2. While lentils are cooking, begin to prep parmesan. Add all ingredients to a food processor and process until very fine – the consistency of parmesan cheese. Set aside and clean out the food processor.
  3. Prep flax egg and add to food processor. Add 2 cups cooked lentils, tomato paste, vegan parmesan cheese, and Italian seasonings and process until thick paste forms. Be careful to not over-process. If it is too runny/sticky, add more parmesan. Use a tablespoon or a medium cookie scoop to portion out the meatballs and place on a covered cooking sheet. Preheat oven to 400 F, but do not place meatballs in the oven just yet.
  4. Preheat a large skillet on medium-high heat and place as many meatballs as you can on it. Using a spatula or turner, roll each meatball to brown on all sides. After the meatballs have browned, place back on the cooking sheet and put in the oven for 10-12 minutes to finish cooking.
  5. Heat water for the pasta. Once boiling, add pasta to water and cook according to instructions. Heat sauce in a small saucepan and simmer for 2 minutes.
  6. Once pasta and sauce are cooked, toss together and add 4 lentil balls to your bowl. Top with 2 tbsp vegan parmesan and enjoy!
😋 From the Tasty Kitchen of Brittyn Coleman | @brandlesslife | #brandlesslife
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